[Daily article] September 27: Diamonds (Rihanna song)

“Diamonds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna (pictured),
digitally released on September 27, 2012, from her seventh studio album,
Unapologetic. The song was written and produced by Benny Blanco and
StarGate and co-written by Sia Furler. A mid-tempo electronic and pop
ballad, it features heavy synthesizers, orchestral sounds and electronic
rhythms. “Diamonds” topped music charts in over twenty countries,
including the United States, where it became Rihanna’s twelfth number
one single on the Billboard Hot 100, tying her for fifth place for total
number one singles on that chart with Madonna and The Supremes. The song
was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association
of America. By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide,
becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song’s music
video was praised by critics for its imagery, depicting Rihanna in
scenes representing the elements of earth, air, water and fire. The
singer performed “Diamonds” on television shows such as Saturday Night
Live and The X Factor and included it on the 777, Diamonds and Monster
Tour set lists.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The Treaty of Melno was signed, establishing the
Prussian–Lithuanian border, which afterwards remained unchanged for
about 500 years.


In a letter to the Paris Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-
Lettres, Jean-François Champollion announced his initial successes in
deciphering the Rosetta Stone.


Locomotion No. 1 hauled the train on the opening day of the
Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first public railway to use steam


The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan became the
first factory to produce Ford Model T automobiles, which would later be
built at many other factories in the US and around the world.


Software developer Richard Stallman announced plans for the
Unix-like GNU operating system, the first free software developed by the
GNU Project.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A loose garment with narrow sleeves and an opening in the front,
generally worn by Turks.
2. A short, close-fitting, heavily braided military jacket, usually worn
under a pelisse, originally by hussars.
3. A woman’s garment with wide capelike sleeves.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus’d among the People, they will
never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.  
–Samuel Adams

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